@Max Oh, I can imagine, just in the last 10 years or so Auburn has grown immensely from the small college town it once was. The state of Alabama is definitely growing in technology, business, and people.
@Max, Huntsville is a nice place. I almost moved there out of college. Would love to be in close range to Auburn and go back for more football games. I don't get to nearly as many as I would like from up in NC...
@jonharris0: I've heard that Destin is really nice...
I've heard that too (from Gina :-) I'm planning on taking all day tomorrow off (Saturday) and we will chill out and have a good time together -- then we drive back home (to Huntsville, Alabama ... I moved there for the night life :-) on Sunday...
I had an opportunity to go to TIGERS, a wild animal sanctuary in Myrtle Beach, for a tour, to play with baby tigers, and swim with an elephant (no relation to the elephant joke here)--but I couldn't make it happen with the short notice I had. BUMMED. Anyone live in NC/SC and want to go tomorrow? :)
@jonharris0: but looking forward to a kid-free weekend, the kids are off to their grandparents! Woo hoo! :-)
I know what you mean -- believe it or now I'm down at the beach -- my wife (Gina) said "We're definately having a vacation thsi year" so she booked a condo in Destin, Florida for the week. She's down on the beach as we speak -- I'm working 6:00am to 3:30pm each day and then joining her.
Our 18.5 year old son didn't want to join us -- he's having a good time back at the house -- originally we thought "what will we do without him" ... but It's actually proved to be great -- we don't have to worry about keeping him entertained or feeding him the foods he wants or ...
Max - Writing, playing with some FPGAs and maybe taking a drive to go find a bald Eagle. I took a photo of one in a neardby wildlife refuge a while back it looks like he's got some string or something caught on his foot. I let the refuge people know and I want to go see if I cacn find him flying around and doing okay.
LOL. ECOC is like Europe's version of OFC--hopefully you don't have to ask what OFC is ;). Technology, equipment and components serving optical/optoelectrical networks. There will be a lot of focus on optical technologies and 100G/400G networks, and all that goes into it. I believe.
My fave book recently was "Senior Cohouseing" --about engineering housing communities for shifting demographics. That is: As baby boomers age, the society will need something to replace all those 3 bdrm, 2 bath houses with something more practical. Has to do with the notion of communities, so I loved it. (Definitely would rather live in a hippy commune than some rest home when the time comes...)
A few weeks ago I read one that on one way probes the boundary between life and death – down at the cellular level – at what stage does something count as being alive – also how does life generate order out of chaos (at least in the shorter term).
Max - re "someone comment" That's what brought it back to the top of my mind too. It's definately not a technical manual, but I found the historical component to be pretty interesting and I liked the narative in general.
@Duane: I've got a copy of "The Code Book" on order.
I read that ages ago -- it's on the shelves in my office -- I recall is as being an interesting read, but not too deep -- but then I saw someone else comment on it reacenmtly and their comment suggested it was better than I recall...
I imagine they do. Things have changed quite rapidly since 2004 and things may have changed. At the time, this small little story spurred a lot of calls from FSA, Applied and what not. There was a guy from TI who I quoted who was livid with the panel becasue TI wanted to use SMIC to produce their newest devices and enth of the rate Taiwan was going to charge.
@Tom: Why do we create robots in our own form? Vanity?
The vast majority of industrial robots are just sophitsicated arms / manipulators -- one reason for making the next generation of robots for use in home / hospital / whatever settings huanoid is so they can easily work withing our existing environment.
Another reason is to make them more acceptable to the end user...
@Max/Rick--and we fully understand that with fewer editors, etc., you are even MORE overloaded. So, rather than hit you with 100x more content, I'm interested in what we can be doing to play into your interests and "new" methods without filling up the inbox with press releases and briefing requests. I'm looking for synergy and good relationships, not to drown you even more.
Tom - I thihnk specialized robots of a form that works best for their application make the most sense, but the humanoid form makes some sense too when considering a non-specific tasked robot and compatibility with a world designed around the human form.
Sorry that should be 90nm not 40nm But it didn't make sense becasue the restriction seemingly only prevented SMIC from obtraining last-generation fab equipment. So for example the rest of the world was headed to 65nm but SMIC could only get 90nm.
When I was at EDN back in 2004, I attended a panel at Semicon China with US and China officials and they were describing how advance process technology was barred from China in fear that they would build ICs for other powers that could be built to create a weapon of mass destruction or technology Ie supercomputer to construct one. But it didn't make sense becasue the restriction seemingly only prevented SMIC from obtraining last-generation fab equipment. So for example the rest of the world was headed to 65nm but SMIC could only get 40nm. That may not be the case any longer. What it meant was that manufacturing wise it wasn't a level playing field.
Max---PLEASE DO! :) The designlines most relevant to us are, of course, on "page 2," so I'm selfishly motivated to want them to receive equal stance. Another idea I had that I recently shared with an EET/UBM Tech sales rep was---now that the community is launched and interaction w/ editors and EET has changed so much, host a live EET webcast for engineers and marketing folks to learn how to interact with the site AND WITH EDITORS in the "new publishing" model. I'd like to hear from editors about how they work now, what they really want to see, how to get companies some exposure, etc. since we're exiting the product announcement and briefing era, it seems.
Hey Max (or Dylan? or Patrick?), can the header bar on the new EET website be adjusted so you don't have to scroll to see all of the designlines? Would be nice to have them all show on the home page (even though they autoscroll).
Thanks Larry: I've heard good things about the Nexus, too. I use Droid on my phone with no probs. I'm a writer and I use Word constantly (it's an industry standard) so I think there's something nice about running it as a native app.
I don't have an engineering failure story, but once I sent a multicast to every port of every computer on the college campus of the first batman movie. Our entire switch room lit up like a cristmas tree and the network admin literally screamed.
I was working on a new streaming media server and misunderstood the documentation.
Did you see my blog on The Magic of Mock Relays in which I picked up a really tasty antique relay from my local electronics store?
After I found that antique relay, I became enthused with the idea of creating either a simple relay-based computer – or maybe just a piece of "relay-art" in the form of a bunch of relays clicking away doing something in a glass-fronted wooden display case on my wall.
But they are sooooo expensive. The one I picked up cost me only $5, but equivalent models cost anywhere from $25 (on eBay) to $100 (from special stores that supply the government with obsolescent parts).
You're not alone Rick. I have a phablet....and it certainly hasn't convinced me I need a tablet, too. If I did get one, I think I'd be in that 1.8% with a Surface, which is the only one I've tried that I actually found very comfortable and intuitive.
There's always the old classic "Manager versus Engineer" joke:
A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts: "Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?"
The man below replies: "Yes, I can, you're in a hot air balloon hovering 30 feet above this field."
"You must be an engineer," says the balloonist.
"I am" replies the man, "how did you know?"
"Well," says the balloonist, "everything you have told me is technically correct, but it's of no use to anyone."
The man below thinks about this for a moment and then says, "You must be in management."
"I am," replies the balloonist, "how did you know?"
"Well," says the man, "you don't know where you are or where you're going, but you expect me to be able to help. Furthermore, you're in the same position you were before we met, but now it's my fault!"
Sorry for teh delayed response. Hi Rick, Max and other folks. Max, thanks for helping get word out. the User guide was a big surprise. A couple of months ago, I was chatting with one of my friends here and asked "what are you up to?" He said "oh, i just wrote a how-to book to traink software engineers to use Vivado HLS." At any rate, with a bit of champoining, Xilinx has now made it availabe as a free pdf User Guide. UG988
An engineer returns home from work and sees a note from his wife stuck prominently on the door of the fridge that says: "This isn't working. I've gone back to my mother's."'
The engineer opens the fridge and checks the light. He grabs a beer to make sure it's cold. Eventually, the engineer thinks to himself, "I don't know what she's talking about. The fridge is working just fine."
A physicist, an engineer, and a duck are looking at the latest data from a particle accelerator. The physicist suddenly leaps from his seat, points at the screen, and exclaims "Quark!" The engineer carefully examines the screen, nods his head thoughtfully, and he too says "Quark!" The duck looks at the physicist and the engineer, raises an eyebrow, but says nothing.
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